Back when all the concerns about the NSA and government surveillance first started making the rounds, Apple was one of the first companies to push for "greater transparency" in declaring the requests it received from the U.S. government. With a brief released today, Apple shows that it wasn't just blowing smoke.
Enjoy using Google Chrome's "Incognito" search option for private web browsing? You might want to clear your history if you've been hanging around sensitive sites as of late. According to TechCrunch, development and design firm Parallax discovered that Incognito mode doesn't completely hide your searches when used on the Chrome app for iOS 7, as anyone who uses the standard search page will be able to see your history.
Apple already has a lot of security features baked into the Mac. From its strong, well-tested Unix foundation to the built-in privacy features of OS X, it’s one of the most secure operating systems available to consumers. A lot of users, however, make mistakes in their daily usage that can severely compromise the security of their Mac. We’ll show you these pitfalls and help you lock down your Mac to make your privacy, digital information, and even your hardware less likely to be compromise, covering everything from user accounts to the physical security layer of your computing workflow.
We still don't know if Apple and other tech companies' denial of direct involvement in the PRISM scandal has any truth (although we can at least be happy that Apple was apparently the last to participate), but we can take some comfort in the fact that Apple CEO Tim Cook seems to want to do something about it. According to Politico, Cook and other tech representatives held a confidential meeting this week with other tech executives and President Obama to discuss government surveillance programs.
Big Brother is watching you, and he wants to know if you prefer Ralph Lauren over Tommy Hilfiger. According to the New York Times, Nordstrom recently shuttered a program that tracked the movements of customers throughout its stores by using the Wi-Fi receptors on smartphones like the iPhone, prompting yet another debate in the changing nature of privacy in a digital world. Nordstrom may have ceased this practice, but according to the Times, it's not the only store getting in on the action.
Facebook has always seen itself as a competitor of Google in some nebulous way, but it's always lacked the key feature that makes us swarm to the ultra-popular search engine. Quite frankly, it's all but impossible to search through all the information you put into it. But with the widespread release of Facebook's Graph Search in the U.S. today, that's not so much the case anymore. And while that's good news for Zuckerberg and co., it also means you'll want to tighten your security privileges if you don't want people knowing too much about you.
It's bad enough when Facebook's official policies cause concerns about privacy; it's worse when undiscovered bugs in the gigantic social network start revealing your data to other users. And that's apparently what's been happening, as this afternoon Facebook confirmed that a bug that disclosed private contact information had affected around six million users over the last year. It has since been removed.
Apple got some expectation of closure on a major issue in the ongoing patent war with Samsung, though it's probably not exactly what Apple wanted. Also, Apple fought the law in its home state of California, and won. But was it the privacy rights of the consumer that actually lost?
If you count yourself among those hostile to Instagram's new terms of service rolling out next month, the social network wants you to know they've heard your complaints and may or may not be doing something about it.